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Date Published: December 23, 2019
Feeling lazy and looking for the best prebuilt PC for gaming? Psh, unreal. But on a serious note, despite our obvious bias for building your own PCs and wholeheartedly recommending it to any gamer wanting the best PC for their money, sometimes you just gotta buy a pre-assembled computer for whatever reason.
And that's totally fine; we're not here to judge, and besides, there are some respectable, decent-value, good prebuilt gaming PCs on the market. So if know what specs to look for, and carefully pick out a fair value desktop that's good for gaming performance, you can indeed come out a winner when buying a pre-assembled computer.
So if you're willing to pay a little extra for around the same (or less) performance and reliability compared to building a gaming PC yourself, in this buyer's guide we roundup some of the best prebuilt gaming PCs for the money right now as of late 2019 to help you on your hunt for a good prebuilt PC to dominate 2020 and beyond. Let's go.
Prebuilt computers aren't all horrible piles of steaming scrap metal that increase the odds of setting your house on fire tenfold, though such atrocities do exist so you must do your research if you want to choose a good prebuilt PC (and especially so as a gamer as you'll be taxing your system more than the average PC user). So while we do recommend building a computer yourself if you can muster up a little patience, courage, and set aside a day (or two) to assemble your first PC nice and slowly, maybe you have no interest in learning to do so, or perhaps you're strapped for time and don't mind paying the extra money for a convenient pre-assembled PC you can simply unbox, turn on, and start gaming with immediately.
Whatever your reasoning, if you understand that buying a prebuilt gaming PC will typically cost more money for the same (or worse) specs and gaming performance compared to choosing individual parts yourself, with a little careful shopping to avoid a straight-up dud droid of a desktop you can find a good one that will have you gaming in style and that won't let you down (well, hopefully not).
As with most tech purchases, you gotta stay on your toes when choosing a gaming computer to buy as it's easy to get sucked into hype and marketing and fall prey to fancy-looking machines that may say all the rights things in product listings, but that on more close inspection with a trained eye may reveal themselves as being made up of a bunch of low-quality, unreliable components bought from the back of a Jawa Sandcrawler for dirt cheap.
But living with less than the very best (in terms of component quality, performance and reliability) is a sacrifice you often must make with many prebuilt gaming PCs, especially when on a budget (though high-end prebuilt PCs can often also have average parts).
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If you want a helping hand pinpointing the best prebuilt gaming PCs on the market right now in late 2019 to avoid overpaying too much like a sucker, and end up satisfied with a new rig that'll perform well in games now and over the next few years, we hope these recommendations help somewhat on your hunt as they've been carefully hand-picked for maximum bang for buck.
We've broken up our recommendations of the best prebuilt PCs for gaming into the following categories to help you pinpoint the perfect new computer for your specific wants and needs:
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Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs for Q1 2020 (Top Value Picks & Specs Cheatsheet)
|Under $600 (Good)||SkyTech Archangel||GTX 1050 Ti 4GB||Ryzen 3 1200 4-Core||8GB DDR4 2400MHz||ASRock A320M (Micro ATX)||-||1TB 7200RPM||500w 80 Plus|
|Under $700 (Quite Good)||SkyTech Blaze II (1660)||GTX 1650 4GB||Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core||8GB DDR4 3000MHz||ASRock A320M (Micro ATX)||500GB||-||500w 80 Plus|
|Under $800 (Very Good)||Skytech Shadow 3.0||GTX 1660 6GB||i5 9400F 6-Core||8GB DDR4 3000MHz||ASRock B365M (Micro ATX)||500GB||-||500w 80 Plus|
|Under $900 (Great)||Skytech Blaze II (1660 Ti)||GTX 1660 Ti 6GB||Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core||8GB DDR4 3000MHz||ASRock A320M (Micro ATX)||500GB||-||500w 80 Plus||H
|Under $1000 (Excellent)||SkyTech Shiva||RTX 2060 6GB||Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core||16GB DDR4 3000MHz||ASRock A320M (Micro ATX)||500GB||-||500w 80 Plus|
|Under $1500 (Super)||Skytech Azure||RTX 2070 Super 8GB||Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core||16GB DDR4 3000MHz||B450 (ATX)||1TB||-||InWin 650w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $2000 (Superb)||Skytech Azure||RTX 2070 Super 8GB||i7 9700K 8-Core (& 240mm Liquid AiO)||16GB DDR4 3000MHz||Z390 (ATX)||1TB||-||750w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $2500 (Amazing)||Skytech Omega||RTX 2080 Super 8GB||i9 9900K 8-Core (& 360mm RGB Liquid Cooler)||16GB DDR4 3000MHz||Gigabyte Z390 UD (ATX)||1TB||-||750w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $3000 (Ultimate)||Skytech Prism||RTX 2080 Ti 11GB||i9 9900K (& 360mm AIO Liquid Cooler)||G.Skill TridendZ 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RGB||Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master (ATX)||Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB (NVMe)||Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM||750w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $500 (Okay)||HP EliteDesk 705 G4||RX Vega 11 (integrated)||Ryzen 5 2400GE 4-Core||8GB DDR4 2666MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||256GB (NVMe PCIe M.2)||-||65w (up to 89% efficiency)||Under $600 (Good)||HP Pavilion 590-p0056||GTX 1050 2GB||i5 8400 6-Core||8GB DDR4 2666MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||-||1TB 7200RPM||310w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $1000 (Very Good)||HP Pavilion 690-0020 Mini||RX 580 4GB||Ryzen 5 2400G 4-Core||8GB DDR4 2666MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||-||1TB 7200RPM||400w (upto 92% efficiency)|
|Under $1500 (Super)||Zotac Mek Mini||RTX 2060 Super 8GB||i5 9400F 6-Core||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||240GB (NVMe M.2)||1TB||2 x 230w|
|Under $2000 (High-End)||Corsair Vengeance 5182||RTX 2070 Super 8GB||i7 9700 8-Core (& H100i RGB Platinum Liquid Cooler)||Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz (2x 8GB)||B360 Micro ATX||480GB (NVMe M.2)||2TB 7200RPM||Corsair TX650M 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $3000 (Extreme)||MSI Trident X Plus 9SF-040US||RTX 2080 Ti 11GB||i7 9700KF 8-Core||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||Z390i Gaming Edge AC (Mini ITX)||512GB (NVMe M.2)||2TB 5400RPM||650w 80 Plus Gold|
|Under $4000 (Ultimate)||CUK Stratos||RTX 2080 Ti 11GB (Liquid Cooled)||i9 9900K 8-Core (Liquid Cooled)||Corsair 32GB DDR4 3600MHz||Z390I (Mini-ITX)||2TB (NVMe)||2TB 5400RPM HDD||Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold|
|Budget||CUK Bionic G32 1440p 144Hz||RX 5700 XT 8GB||Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core||32GB DDR4 3200MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||512GB (NVMe M.2)||2TB 7200RPM||600w Gold|
|Best||CUK Bionic G32 1440p 144Hz||RTX 2080 Ti 11GB||i9 9900K 8-Core||32GB DDR4 3000MHz||Proprietary (Non ATX)||1TB (NVMe M.2)||2TB 7200RPM||700w Gold|
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Things to Keep in Mind About Our Recommended Prebuilt PCs:
There are various specs to consider when on the hunt for the best prebuilt gaming PCs, but here's a quick overview of what to look for in a nutshell: (and see the FAQ below for more tips)
Q: Are Prebuilt PCs Really That Bad Compared to Building Your Own PC?
A: Well, let's put it this way. The far majority of prebuilt computers on the market can be built for either less or the same price with better-quality and/or faster components if you do it yourself - especially as gamers looking for maximum frame rates for the money.
However, that's not to say that there are no good prebuilt PCs out there, as if you know what to look for and shop carefully you can find decent prebuilt PCs for gaming that won't break the bank. Besides, not everyone has the patience or interest to assemble a computer from scratch, no matter how straightforward it is to do these days if you just take your time with it, and some people are willing to pay extra for the convenience and time saved by buying a pre-assembled PC.
So to answer the question, prebuilt PCs aren't always that bad, and not every single one out there is a horrible buy as a gamer - to think in that black and white way is to adopt the mindset of the dark side (only a Sith deals in absolutes). Building your own PC is better than buying a prebuilt 9 times out of 10 if you want the most for your money, but a good prebuilt computer such as the ones we carefully hand-picked and recommend above is the next best thing (and again, is more convenient for those who are perhaps super-busy).
Q: What Graphics Card is Good in a Prebuilt Gaming PC?
A: Some prebuilt gaming PCs, even if they are indeed marketed to gamers, will be lacking in the graphics card department for its going price. For example, if you buy a $1000 prebuilt gaming PC (USD), and it only has a budget entry-level gaming graphics card like a GTX 1650 or RX 570 (which are cards you can easily find in much cheaper prebuilt PCs), then you're overpaying as a gamer. Same thing happens in the high-end gaming desktop market too, where you could find a tower that has a great high-end CPU like an i7 or i9 but is severely unbalanced when it comes to the graphics card as it might have a GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060 that would bottleneck your gaming performance.
To know which sort of graphics card you should look for when buying a prebuilt desktop, a good way is to compare the graphics card you could get for that same budget if you were to assemble your own custom gaming PC build yourself (in that guide you can get an idea of what makes a good graphics card for any given price). But of course you must also take into account the fact that buying a prebuilt gaming PC will typically cost more than building your own system, so you'll usually have to settle for a less powerful graphics card that's a tier under what you could get with your own custom PC build.
Q: What are the Best Prebuilt PC Brands in 2019?
A: Some good prebuilt PC brands that come to mind that have produced respectable pre-assembled gaming desktops over recent years include CyberPowerPC, HP, Dell, Corsair, Acer, MSI and Alienware (not including custom made-to-order PC building companies like Xidax, though they're almost always super expensive). However right now in late 2019, Skytech is our top pick as the best overall value prebuilt PC company/manufacturer for gamers as they currently have some of the best value models on the market. Plus, keep in mind choosing the best prebuilt PC for gaming is more about comparing specific models, and not just about picking any prebuilt from one of the leading names we mentioned above as some (most?) of their models will actually be overpriced.
Q: Where is the Best Place to Buy Prebuilt Gaming PCs in the US?
A: If you're buying online to get the best price (the lower overheads of online stores means prices are almost always better than brick and mortar stores), Amazon is a good place to start as their range of tech products (and specifically pre-assembled gaming desktops) is quite vast and their prices are generally hard to beat compared to other online stores. B&H is another good, reliable online store to check for good prebuilt gaming PCs. But if you do buy in a physical store, check out Microcenter's range as you might find decent value there.
Q: Is Buying a Refurbished Prebuilt PC Worth It?
A: It sometimes can be, but it'll depend on the particular model, how much you're saving compared to buying a new gaming desktop, as well as what the warranty and/or return policy is like in case something goes wrong.
Q: When Are These Prebuilt PC Recommendations Updated?
A: This is actually the first ever iteration of this guide, but like our other guides on the site we'll update our recommendations of the current best prebuilt PCs for the money every few months or so, and potentially more frequently if we come across a better value gaming desktop in any particular price tier. If you find a better buy for any particular category that you think we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments below and we'll look into it as it'll help us keep this guide as helpful as possible for others trying to wade through the confusing gaming desktop market.
Though just remember that the best prebuilt gaming PCs we select are chosen on a variety of different factors, and not just solely on which computer has the fastest gaming performance for its price (though that is indeed a primary factor). Other things are important such as the specific specs and brands of all internal components, the overall reliability and trustworthiness/track-record of the manufacturer, the warranty, other features included for the price, and so on.
Need help choosing the best prebuilt PC for gaming? Found a great value gaming desktop that we missed? Not happy with our choices? Feel free to speak your mind below.
Anyway, hope this guide helps you avoid buying a dud desktop and makes it a little easier to pick a winner among the vast choices out there. Good luck.